Roland FA-06 Music Workstation Keyboard, 61-Key

Roland FA-06 Music Workstation Keyboard, 61-Key

Stocked with 2000 INTEGRA-7 sounds, real-time controls, on-board sampling and serious DAW integration, the FA is like a faster, more flexible Roland Fantom.

Roland Fantom-G6 61-Key Sampling Workstation

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Keyboard and Sound Generator Section
Keyboard: 61 keys, with velocity and channel aftertouch

Maximum Polyphony: 128 voices, shared with the sampling section

Parts: 16 parts (Internal) + 16 parts (External) + 2 parts (ARX)+ 24 parts (Audio Track)

Wave Memory: 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)

Waveforms: 2,153

Preset Memory:
- Patches: 1,500 + 256 (GM2)
- Rhythm Sets: 64 + 9 (GM2)
- Live Sets: 512
- Studio Sets: 128

User Memory per one project:
- Patches: 512
- Rhythm Sets: 64
- Live Sets: 512
- Studio Sets: 128

Effects:
- Patch Multi-Effects (PFX): 16 systems, 76 types
- Multi-Effects (MFX): 2 systems, 78 types
- Chorus: 1 system, 3 types
- Reverb: 1 system, 10 types
- Input Effects: 1 system, 6 types
- Mastering Effects: 1 system, 3-band compressor

Data Format: 16-bit linear, .WAV or .AIFF

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz

Maximum Sampling Time:
- When sampling memory isn't expanded (32MB): mono: 360 sec. approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.
- When sampling memory is expanded with DIMM (544MB): mono: 108 min. approx., stereo: 54 min. approx.

Number of Samples per one project: 2,000

Sequencer Section
Tracks:
- MIDI tracks (Internal/External/ARX): max. 128
- Audio track: max. 24
- Tempo track: 1
- Beat track: 1

Resolution: 480 TPQN

Tempo: 5.00 to 300.00

Song per one project: 50

Phrase per one project: 2,000

Note Capacity per one project: approx. 1,000,000 notes

Song Length: 9,998 measures

Recording Method:
- Realtime recording
- Step recording

Controllers
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever

Control Knob x 4

Control Slider x 8

Assignable Switch x 2

D Beam Controller

Connectors
Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type

A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch TRS phone type

B Output Jacks (L, R): 1/4 inch phone type

Input Jacks (L/MONO/MIC, R): 1/4 inch phone type

Mic./Guitar Input Jacks: 1/4 inch phone type / XLR type (Phantom power)(Hi-Z)

Pedal Jacks:
- Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
- Control Pedal Jack (assignable) x 2

MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT, THRU

USB Connectors:
- USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI)
- USB Mouse Connector

Digital Audio Interface: COAXIAL INPUT / OUTPUT

Other
Display: Graphic Type, 8.5 inch, Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)

Pads: 16 pads, Velocity and Polyphonic Aftertouch sensitive

Expansion for sound generator: ARX expansion boards: 2 slots

Expansion for sampling memory: DIMM: 1 slot, supports PC133, CL=2/3, 3.3 V, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB

External Storage Device: USB Flash Memory

Power Supply: AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60Hz), AC 220 V (60Hz)

Power Consumption: 30 W

Included Accessories
Owner's Manual

CD-ROM (Editor, USB MIDI driver)

Power Cord

Size and Weight
Width: 42 inches (1,066 mm)

Depth: 16-3/16 inches (411 mm)

Height: 5-5/8 inches (142 mm)

Weight: 32 lbs. (14.5 kg)

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Roland Fantom-G6 Sampling Workstation

Introducing the most powerful and luxurious live workstation in Roland history. The Roland Fantom-G6 is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful audio/MIDI sequencer and more.

Features

- Advanced sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstations
- 2 x ARXexpansion with SuperNATURAL - the world's greatest performance-expression technology
- Graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5 inch wide color LCD and mouse connectivity
- Onboard audio/MIDI sequencer with 128 tracks, including 24 audio tracks
- Multi-FX for each part; up to 22 effects routings can be programmed simultaneously
- Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel

Advanced Sound Engine
Driven by a powerful audio processor, the Roland Fantom-G6 provides sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland's world-famous SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets this instrument apart is its ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already powerful live workstation.

SuperNATURAL ARX Expansion
Roland Fantom-G6 provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland's unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate, organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments. It's also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds, breathing amazing life and expression into synthesis.

Power Sequencer Onboard
The Roland Fantom-G6 is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland's designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD, this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other convenient features include combo XLR and TRS connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.

Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD
One look and touch and you'll know that the Roland Fantom-G6 is an instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5 inch wide TFT color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands- on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs, and ten buttons below the LCD.

Amazing FX
Roland Fantom-G6 is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G6 sound/part. In 16-part multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously. Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
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Submitted May 31, 2008 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Fantastic Machine, nothing to fear with this one."
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
I think I will be happy with this board for at least a few years...probably 10!

Sound
The sound is very good. It may be a little on the predictable / Roland-esque side of the scale, but in all, it is recording-worthy, in my humble opinion. Since the ROM is all samples anyway it can sound like anything you need it to sound like. The factory presets are very good and easily and infinitely tweakable. The DSP is sweet - both the global 'verb and chorus, and the individual processes are great too. It is very deep.

Features
I am truly in awe when I play with this board - still. The exapandability is a great feature, the sound engine itself is great, the ease of recording audio with midi is great; the LCD is very impressive looking and even better in terms of it's practical use. I don't know how I ever got along without such a big beautiful display! Tons of sounds and ease of recording make this a great composing machine. I do sound for film and this baby works great for my workflow. From sampling for foley to voice overs and simple pads, this thing is really great. The display is just awesome to look at. They did a great job with the layout and colors and use of pictures. THere is a lot to it so it takes some getting used to but like any good machine once you have yer mind around it the basics will quickly become second nature. If you've spent any time with some if the recent (last ten years) music read more workstations you will quickly grasp the concepts and features of this machine, but will likely spend a long time learning and exploring the nuances. To me, thats a good thing!

Ease of Use
The factory sounds are fine - suitable for at least some basic uses for sure. THe infinite tweakability is nice though, and if you like to mess with the factory patches to make them "your own" this board will satisfy. There are tons of user-defined storage locations. The display makes it easy to see a lot of info at once. The navigation via softkeys is easy to learn although this board is deep with tons of features. It will take a while to memorize the whole thing. For as powerful as it is, I'd have to say it is very easy to use. There are three basic modes, "Studio", "Live", and "Single". All of them are easy to use but Single is the easiest, most straight-forward or basic way of working with the machine. In Single mode you simply select from one of the 1664 preloaded patches and rock on! In Studio mode you can work with the 24 track mixer in "DAW style". Very cool. In Live mode you get eight patches that can be layered and / or split. Basically any patch can be assigned to any keyboard range. The Dynaic Pad area is cool too - it's another way to access patches parameter (i.e. "Part Mute"), or to invoke rhythm patterns, amoung many other things. ONe final note: as I'm writing this I have yet to open the owners manual! I was able to figure out all this other stuff without reading anything about it. I'd say that makes this thing about as easy as it could be, particularly for the depth and breadth of features and functionality it has. Dang, I ought to be a sales guys for them!

Quality
Roland stuff is generally very good. I still have the first Roland product (SH09 synth / keyboard) I bought, circa 1978 and it works fine. I have other Roland products - never had a problem with any of them. This unit seems to be well made and has a very solid feel about it. The brushed alum face is sweet - its technical and modern yet not austentatious. Who uses that word anyway. But seriously, the way the display is integrated into the face is nice and seems like it will be durable. Time will tell, but I'm not a bit concerned about the durability of this unit.

Value
It is right in the ballpark with the competing workstations, i.e. triton, motif, etc. I love this thing. I don't see how anyone wouldn't like this thing. It's a great machine. It reflects the years and years of experience that Roland has - thats probably the best thing about this machine - it's the best of everything! Geez, now I really sound like Roland sales guy. I promise I'm not. I just love this machine that much, and if my input can help someone thinking about buying this machine, maybe allay their fears 'cause lets face it, this board aint exactly cheeap, then it's all good. I don't mind telling everyone how much I like this thing!

Manufacturer Support
Nope

The Wow Factor
I wanted it enough to buy it! I don't lay down 2500 for just any product - it has to be good. But then I don't think twice about the price...it is what it is and, IMHO, they deserve to get whatever they can for this machine. Go Roland!

Musical Background:
Piano since 1970, home studio enthusiast since 1990, extensive keyboard and recording experience.

Musical Style:
Rock
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